Waterloo rises again in QS World Subject Rankings

University of Waterloo sign
University of Waterloo sign
The University holds on to top spots in STEM subjects and moves up in arts and natural sciences 

The University of Waterloo now ranks 21st in the world for computer science programs, rising one spot from last year. The University also rose one spot to claim the 28th spot globally for universities that offer programs in electrical engineering. 

The results are part of the annual QS World University Rankings by Subject , which ranks approximately 1,597 universities in 54 specific disciplines. Indicators for the subject rankings are drawn from a peer review survey, employer survey, citations data and collaboration data. 

The rankings continue to recognize Waterloo’s remarkable community of curious and innovative problem solvers who are actively seeking to understand and identify solutions that benefit humanity and our planet. Waterloo continues to shine as a leading global research-intensive university renowned for entrepreneurship and innovation and providing co-op and work-integrated learning at scale with impact. 

In Canada, Waterloo earned 2nd spot for subject areas in Engineering and Technology, and 4th place for subject areas in Arts and Humanities. Waterloo continues to rank in the top 100 on a global scale in mechanical engineering, mathematics, materials science, and physics and astronomy.  

The University also holds down competitive rankings globally in the areas of anatomy and physiology, hospitality and leisure management, sports-related subjects, statistics and operational research, materials science, physics and astronomy and environmental sciences. 

Check out all’of Waterloo’s global top placements in broad subject areas in the rankings. Note that QS indicates some of the rankings as a range. 

Engineering and Technology 

Computer Science - 21  

Civil and Structural Engineering - 51’100   

Chemical Engineering - 98  

Electrical Engineering - 28  

Mechanical Engineering - 58 

Natural Sciences 

Materials Science - 79  

Mathematics - 39  

Physics and Astronomy - 75

Social Sciences and Management 

Hospitality & Leisure Management Studies - 51’100  

Sports-related subjects - 51’100  

Statistics and Operational Research - 51’100

Arts and Humanities 

Architecture Built/Environment - 101’200  

Art and Design - 151’200  

Life Sciences and Medicine  Anatomy and Physiology - 101’150   
Natural Sciences

Chemistry - 133 

Earth and Marine Science - 151’200  

Geography - 101’150  

Environmental Science - 116  

Geology - 151’200  

Geophysics - 151’200  

Social Sciences and Management Accounting and Finance - 151’200  

Check out the full methodology on the QS World University Rankings website. 
Darren McAlmont